MCD 2022: Critical Conversations
This years event was held on April 12, 2022
Both an invitation and a challenge to engage in complex dialogues with others to find ways to promote intersectionality, alliance, and consciousness of the increasingly diverse world in which we live.
Award Winning Author on Main Stage
Susan Straight @Moorpark College April 12
Our keynote speaker will discuss her new novel, the ambitious and enthralling “Mecca,” is set, like nearly all her fiction, in the Inland Empire and high desert areas. The native tobacco plants, the San Jacinto range, the baked-in racism — all are seen through the eyes of the overlooked and written-off. The citrus pickers. The old Latina woman living on inherited land, scared the county will take it away. The Black boy with braids who drops his phone in front of a cop. None of them take history lightly because it’s written too much of their destiny. Read the LA TIMES ARTICLE
ANGIE THOMAS @MC
Born, raised, and still living in Jackson, Mississippi, Ms Thomas is a former teen rapper and holds a BFA in creative writing from Belhaven University. Her award-winning, acclaimed debut novel, The Hate U Give, is a #1 New York Times bestseller and major motion picture from Fox 2000, starring Amandla Stenberg and directed by George Tillman, Jr. Join Angie in a special Moorpark College featured ZOOM event, April 19 @1PM.
Native American Heritage
We acknowledge Moorpark College occupies the unceded traditional land of the Chumash people who have stewarded it throughout generations. As we honor the Chumash people with gratitude, we commit to learning how we may be better stewards of this land we inhabit as well. We seek to build relationships with the Chumash community through academic pursuits, partnerships, historical recognitions and community service as these relationships are foundational for inclusive and equitable education and community engagement.
The MCD Committee
Thank you and many others for your work on another Multicultural Day event! Brian Burns, Ariana Burrell, Shyan Diaz-Brown, Suzanne Fagan, Mary Poitier, Michael Ashton, Michael Grimes, David Birchman, Dina Pielaet, Beth Gillis-Smith, Cynthia Osuna, Linda Resendiz, Kristen McCloskey, Steven Pfeiffer, Cherisse Meichtry, Rozie Gabrielyan and Maria Thayer.